Christine Murphy

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Christine Murphy
FRANKLIN—This is to certify that on Thursday June 3, 2010, at 7:52 a.m. in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the angel of the Lord came and got our beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, Christine B. Murphy, and carried her home to be with the Lord after a very short illness.
Chris—as she was affectionately called—was born to James and Clarine Butler on Aug. 8, 1946, in Franklin.
She graduated from Hayden High School in 1966 and attended college in Washington, D.C.
Christine was a member of Mt. Olive Holiness Church under the leadership of the late Evang. A.A. Hall. Sis. Christine came to knowledge that she wanted to be a musician, so after fasting and praying for five days and nights with laying hands of her Pastor, God gifted her the ability to play music. She was very good at her calling.
Christine was one of the founding members of the Gospel Warrettes. She loved singing and playing music.
She was hired as one of the organist of Piney Grove Baptist Church where the Rev. Alfred Brown is the pastor and she was a member. Over the course of her life, she played for many churches.
Christine was employed at Applewhite Construction for many years. She was later hired at Spring Dale Apartments as the manager, where she worked faithfully for 14 years until her health failed.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, brothers Fred, Orlandus and Nathaniel Butler, and first husband Robert Brickhouse, to which out of that union produced one son.
Christine leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Dea. Thomas Murphy; son Robert Demond Brickhouse; stepdaughters Pandorial Murphy and Shelita Murphy-Williams; granddaughters Demone’ Brickhouse and Aryana Knight, whom she loved very much; sisters Pastor Dorothy B. Lane of Franklin, and Mary Perkerson and Brenda Harris (Robert), all of Carrsville; brother James Butler Jr. (Rita) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; brother-in-law Robert Lee Murphy; godson Pastor Darryl B. Lane Sr. of Hampton; her namesake Evang. Christopher Lane of Richmond; a special cousin Lizzie Mae Peebles of Franklin; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.